Editorials

Vanyo should step aside

We’re all in favor of people bettering themselves if a new opportunity arises, so there’s no ill will toward Gloversville schools superintendent Michael Vanyo for jumping on his horse at the end of the school year and riding off to Columbia County. The timing could have been better, of ...

Government: Business killer

Former President Barack Obama is infamous for his claim that, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” He might well have added, “and we in Washington will be more than happy to tear it down.” Obama was attempting to give government the credit for America’s free ...

All should share in NATO costs

Why should Americans pay more to defend our European allies than taxpayers in most of their countries are willing to bear? That — not whether Washington should abandon NATO to the not-so-tender mercies of Russian leader Vladimir Putin — is the question President Donald Trump has been ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to hundreds of new jobs. Dollar General announced on Wednesday it will begin construction of a 750,000-square-foot distribution center in the Florida Business Park Extension on Route 5S. The announcement means the addition of 430 jobs at the center, plus another 200 temporary ...

McMaster right choice

Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, named by President Donald Trump to be his new national security adviser, has been described as “a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker.” That is precisely what the nation needs. McMaster replaces Gen. Mike Flynn, who lost his job because ...

Trump’s order to repeal rules

On Jan. 30, President Donald Trump issued an order that requires federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every new one they establish. It was in keeping with his pledge to reduce the cost and intrusiveness of government. Now, two organizations and a labor union have filed a lawsuit ...

Roe v. Wade: The real truth

Pro-abortion activists want women to think the 1973 Supreme Court ruling known as Roe v. Wade is, without question, a good thing. It is not, of course. And the pro-abortion forces would prefer you not know that for years, one of their staunchest opponents was the woman behind Roe v. ...

20-year deal questionable

Recently, the Fulton County Board of Supervisors directed county Planning Director James Mraz to meet with representatives of Ameresco of Framingham, Mass. to explore the concept of developing, designing and presenting a solar energy project at the Tryon Technology Park. The firm wants the ...

Turning over a new leaf

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Coal provides cheap power

Between 2011 and last year, the United States lost enough coal-fired electric generating capacity to serve about 47 million homes. What has that meant to the millions of families who have lost access to low-cost electricity generated with coal? Money. Monthly electric bills have gone up and ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To Mike Hauser. It was 12 years ago when Hauser promoted his first Adirondack Outdoorsman Show at the Johnstown Moose. He admits then he had “no idea” if it was going to work. The answer now is evident: Mr. Hauser has a rousing success on his hands. His annual show has increased ...

Little faith in leadership

When U.S. military helicopters were sent to Afghanistan to aid in the battle against terrorists there, many of their mechanics stayed behind in this country. Men and women accustomed to servicing the aircraft and with a very real stake in doing it well — their comrades in arms fly the ...

Conway broke a rule

Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers, broke a rule last week. She dared, on national television, to suggest people ought to buy clothing from Trump’s daughter’s clothing line. Horrors! Has she no shame? Is capital punishment too good for her? Pardon our ...

Pakistan is the critical problem

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...

Casino opens, gamble wisely

After years of anticipation, the grand opening of the Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady last week signifies a new era for the local region. The Rivers is a Las Vegas-style casino, one of four authorized by state regulators after voters approved an amendment to New York’s constitution ...

Who keeps elections fair?

An independent federal election commission intended to help states with their voting systems should be eliminated, members of a House of Representatives committee voted last week. Created after the 2000 presidential election raised questions about fairness and honesty, the Election Assistance ...

Travel ban won’t make U.S. safer

We can appreciate fair, consistent, sensible immigration practices to keep Americans safe, but welcoming people from all over the world is part of what has always built the U.S. up, not what tears it down or holds it back. This is especially true for people seeking refuge from war-torn ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To community support. On Jan. 10, a fire destroyed Richard Bentley’s garage housing the work equipment for his business, R Bentley Tree Service. He lost thousands of dollars in the blaze and had no insurance, he said. But since the fire, he has received help from not only his ...

Pvt. Manning release wrong

Classified documents released by then-Army Pvt. Bradley Manning were found in Osama bin Laden’s hideout after a U.S. Navy SEAL team killed him. That alone is evidence of how badly Manning’s betrayal hurt our country. While working as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq during 2010, ...

Murder not a policy tool

Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...